The Harry A. Gampel Pavilion at the University of Connecticut in Mannsfield recently received an audio upgrade, with North Haven, CT-based firm HB Communications and Warwick, RI-based firm Ambient Sound Inc. collaborated with the UConn Athletic Department on an approach headed by provided by a Bose Professional ShowMatch line arrays.
The new system at Gampel Pavilion, the home venue for University of Connecticut (UConn) basketball and the largest on-campus arena in New England, incorporates 48 ShowMatch loudspeakers, eight RoomMatch RMS218 subwoofers and 26 PowerMatch PM8500N networked power amplifiers.
“It’s a Bose system head to toe,” says David Kaplan, assistant director of athletics at the University of Connecticut. “Our main goals were to enhance our game day experience for our fans as well as our student athletes. After demoing a number of systems, we felt that Bose ShowMatch provided us everything we were looking for.”
Ambient Sound owner Tom Barrett adds, “We worked closely with Bose Professional to design the system. We knew that ShowMatch would be the right choice for the Gampel installation based on performance, weight, size and other factors,” “Once it was installed, the coverage was even and it performed exactly as we expected. Bose has been fantastic to work with, and this system sounds great. The university is very happy — and that’s what counts.”
Mario Pregoni, production manager and audio engineer at Ambient Sound, serves as the house engineer and overall operator for the system on game day activities. The program material varies, Pregoni notes, “We have the game announcer, doing team intros, play calls and PR reads, and video content supplied by sponsors. Sometimes during TV breaks or time-outs, we have a game host on the court using wireless mics for fan contests and ceremonial events, or the DJ plays music to keep the crowd pumped. Whatever we throw at it, the ShowMatch system maintains the clarity we need for speech and delivers a good punch for music without much effort.”